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Sunday June 16, 2013 – Port Gamble Trails

Today we drove to Edmonds, parked the car, and rode our mountain bikes to the Edmonds ferry terminal.  For each passenger + bicycle the cost was $8.70 to ride the ferry over to Kingston.  Cyclists are special…they get to load first!

Eric waiting for the ferry.

Eric waiting for the ferry.

Edmonds - Kingston Ferry

Our ferry coming into Edmonds.

Excited to try out some new trails.

Excited to try out some new trails.

Why were we smiling?  Because the purpose of our trip was to do some exploring on the Kitsap Peninsula.  Eric wanted to check out the Port Gamble Trails.

To get to the trail system, we rode ~8.5 miles on roads (mostly uphill):

  • Kingston ferry terminal to NE West Kingston Rd
  • NE West Kingston Rd to Miller Bay Rd NE
  • Miller Bay Rd NE to NE Gunderson Rd
  • NE Gunderson Rd, across Bond Rd NE (Hwy 307) to Stottlemeyer Rd NE
  • The south entrance to the Port Gamble Trails is located on Stottlemeyer Rd, past Gracey Trail Ln NE
NE Gunderson Rd

NE Gunderson Rd

NE Gunderson Rd

We had to climb a 10% grade.

We started at the south end at the Stottlemeyer Parking

We entered the Port Gamble Trails at the south end.

Click here to see the Port Gamble Recreation Map.

Initially, the trails were smooth, somewhat sandy, and exposed to the sun.  It reminded us a little of mountain biking in Bend, OR.

Soon after, we were enveloped by lush forest.  The canopy became quite thick, and the riding surface was a little more rooty.  We gradually made our way north, grinning all the way.

Alder Forest

Alder Forest

Elisa - IMG_2525

Twisted Sister Trail

Forbidden Forest - IMG_2526

Forbidden Forest

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Exiting the Forbidden Forest

Caterpillar - IMG_2529

I spotted this caterpillar crawling on Eric’s shoulder, so I carefully moved him to this tree.

After riding ~7 miles of fantastic XC trails, we exited the system where Kitsap Ave NE joins Hwy 104.  We then rode another ~6.5 miles along Hwy 104 to get back to the Kingston ferry terminal.

When I spotted this sign for CB’s Nuts, I insisted that we stop in for a taste.

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CB’s Nuts

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We bought a huge bag of hazelnuts for only $6.

Total mileage on the bike = 21.9 miles (~15 miles road, ~7 miles trails)
Total vertical = 3444 ft (1701 ft climbing, 1743 ft downhill)
Trip duration = 3 hours, 55 minutes (starting at ~10:45 AM and ending at ~2:45 PM)

The above figures were obtained from my Bike Tracks App.  I started it when we got off the ferry at Kingston and stopped it when we completed our clockwise loop back at the Kingston ferry terminal.

I’m including our trip data because this is a trip definitely worth repeating!

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Leaving the Kingston ferry dock.

One reason that we decided to take this adventure on this particular day was to visit my uncle Jeff at the Edmonds Art Festival.  He is a comedic artist.  Check out his work:  Art That Makes You Laugh, by Jeff Leedy.

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Jeff Leedy

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Leedy Art

No active day would be complete without a satisfying, quick meal.  I’d like to make a plug for Baja Fresh, a vegan-friendly fast food restaurant.

We order the “bare” veggie burrito (i.e. no tortilla and served over romaine lettuce instead), without cheese, without sour cream, and with extra guacamole.  Each order comes with a small basket of chips.  From the condiment bar, we select fresh cilantro, lime, and various hot sauces.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill -Everett, WA

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill – Everett, WA

Baja Fresh Bare-Style Vegan Burrito

Baja Fresh Bare-Style Vegan Burrito

That’s a wrap to our fun day Sunday!

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover the Wayward Vegan Cafe.  I should have listened to my BFF sooner.  She and other vegan friends on Facebook seem to eat here regularly.  I finally had to see what the hype is all about.

O-M-G…The menu has so many choices that it’s nearly impossible to make a decision!

This is “vegan food” that could make a vegan out of any fast food-loving omnivore.  Don’t expect to lose weight eating here!

I’ll add pics to this post, while I work my way through the 100% vegan menu 🙂

FARMER’S HASH

Seasoned curry tofu scrambled together with chopped sausage, savory diced potatoes, peppers, and onions, then topped with a dollop of country gravy and sprinkled with cheddar cheese. Served with toast.

CHIGGEN IN A BISCUIT

A buttery, housemade herb biscuit topped with golden fried chiggen and drizzled with organic, light agave. Served with a side of peppery country gravy and very veggie smoked potato salad.

PULL NO PORK

Shredded seitan grilled with peppers and onions, tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and served on a bun.

VERY VEGGIE OMELET

Stuffed with sauteed broccoli, carrots, spinach, red onion, cheddar cheese, and topped with diced tomatoes. Served with homefries.

“FISH-ISH” TEMPEH FISH & CHIPS

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Tempeh fish & chips with broccoli slaw, tartar sauce, malt vinegar and lemon wedge.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN A VEGAN RESTAURANT WHEN…

...there's nutritional yeast on the table!

…there’s nutritional yeast on the table!

(VEGAN) CHICKEN PARMIGIANA

Crispy fried chiggen covered with marinara, melted (vegan) mozzarella cheese and  (vegan) parmesan, over spaghetti noodles.  Served with garlic bread.

Crispy fried chiggen covered with marinara, melted (vegan) mozzarella cheese and (vegan) parmesan, over spaghetti noodles. Served with garlic bread.

MAC DADDY

Two no-beef patties, reuben sauce, lettuce, (vegan) cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-free bun.  Classic!

Two no-beef patties, reuben sauce, lettuce, (vegan) cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-free bun. Classic! Served with potato salad.

 

 

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